What do you get for $80?
Well, you get a cheap, but convenient, internet service.
That’s the premise of a new program, called The Great Internet Savings Challenge.
As part of a pilot program at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., participating providers will be able to sell off their networks for $20 a month or less.
But they won’t be selling their services for free.
That would be a huge win for those of us who have been fighting for a lower cost internet.
The goal is to get providers to agree to price their services at a fair and reasonable rate, says the U of S. Capitol’s Director of Communications and Advocacy, Paul Kukmin.
“We need to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable, reliable internet,” he adds.
The U. S. Congress has previously proposed a similar program for federal employees, but the plan has not yet been signed into law.
And it’s unclear how the FCC will address the problem of cord cutting, which has grown rapidly in recent years, as well as the need for competition in the broadband market.
The program aims to help address both issues.
The FCC is also considering a proposal to increase broadband competition in rural communities by giving more competition in those areas.
So while the Great Internet Saving Challenge is a great idea, there’s still work to be done.
For starters, how does the program work?
The participating ISPs will be selling off their network at a discount, typically about 15 percent or less, to the public.
But the actual price of the internet service won’t vary significantly between providers.
The deal will also include some additional benefits, such as the ability to access the network for 30 days after purchase, and the ability for customers to buy additional services on the same plans.
For example, if you’re a small business owner who doesn’t have enough money to cover your monthly bills, the U S. Senate may approve an extension of the program to include more businesses, or it may require that your internet service provider sell off its network for a full month.
How to take advantage of the discounts The Great Consumer Savings Challenge will run through August 27.
The public will be asked to complete a survey on their network usage and choose a plan they want to sign up for.
The companies participating will offer their customers an offer that they hope to sell for $50 per month.
They’ll then offer their customer the chance to take a look at a 30-day trial plan, which they hope will help them decide whether they want their broadband service for less.
That 30-days trial will include no extra fees and the option to take the deal if you like the service more than you’d like to pay.
If the trial is successful, you can then decide if you want to buy the plan or to take part in the program.
If you decide to purchase the plan, the program will offer you a credit of $50 toward your next bill for each month you’re on the plan.
If it’s successful, the credit will be extended for 30 additional days.
Once the 30- days trial period ends, the provider will announce that they’ve signed up for the program and offer the offer for $40 per month, which is a savings of about $50.
So far, over 3,500 people have signed up.
The cost of the plan varies according to the speed and quality of the service provided.
Some providers are offering speeds of 25 megabits per second or less while others offer speeds of 300 megabit per second.
The network companies participating in the Great Consumer Saving Challenge are: CenturyLink, AT&T, CenturyLink Nextel, Comcast, Cox Communications, Cox Nevada, DSL Reports, Frontier, Frontier Communications, GigaPower, ILECs, Internet One, Netgear, NextEra, Openreach, Ookla, Optimum, Sprint, Verizon, and Xfinity.
Consumers are asked to participate in the challenge in the following ways: by completing a survey and by selecting a plan.
The survey will include the details of your usage and provide information about how much you pay per month for your internet plan.
You’ll be asked about any restrictions on the internet and what’s included with your internet access.
If, during the 30 days of participating, you choose to participate, the company will be allowed to offer you an offer for the price that you’re currently paying for their network.
If your internet provider doesn’t offer a discount for the current 30- day trial period, you may be able see it in the future.
Consumers who want to take more control of their internet access can use the free app to sign in to their Comcast or AT> service and select the options that they want.
The app will let you choose from an array of services that you can pay for.
Consumers also can buy a monthly data plan for $70 a month that includes unlimited streaming and downloading of movies, TV